Trump Adviser Bannon Sentenced to Four Months in Prison

From a story on axios.com by Erin Doherty headlined “Steve Bannon sentenced to 4 months in prison”:

Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser, on Friday was sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay a $6,500 fine for defying a subpoena from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The Justice Department had argued that the former Trump adviser should get six months in prison, the harshest sentence available under federal guidelines.

  • U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols stayed the sentence while Bannon appeals his conviction.
  • “Mr. Bannon has not taken responsibility for his actions. … Flaunting Congressional subpoenas betrays a lack of respect for the legislative branch,” Nichols said, according to Reuters.

The big picture: Bannon in July was found guilty of two counts of contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena issued by the Jan. 6 select committee.

  • The Department of Justice on Monday recommended that Bannon receive a six-month jail sentence and a $200,000 fine, saying that the ex-adviser “has pursued a bad-faith strategy of defiance and contempt.”
  • Bannon’s team had asked the judge to impose a sentence of probation instead of prison time.
  • His sentencing came the same day former President Trump was subpoenaed by the committee.

Between the lines: Each count of contempt of Congress carries a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year in prison.

  • The panel sought testimony from Bannon on his involvement in the efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

What they’re saying: “I respect the judge. The sentence he came down with today is his decision. … I’ve been totally respectful of this entire process on the legal side,” Bannon said after the hearing.

  • He added: “Today was my judgment day by the judge. And he stayed it for the appeal, and we’ll have a vigorous appeals process.”

Go deeper… Steve Bannon’s fraud trial expected in November 2023

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